There are a host of incredibly powerful apps available for the iPad and iPhone: then there are ones that are just plain fun to mess around with.
This is our guide to some of funniest, daftest and most time-consuming distractions in existence. So put the work down for a while and discover how much you can have in iOS.
There’s also a wealth of great games on the app store that are a lot of fun, but this list avoids games and focusses on apps. If it’s games you’re after take a look at Temple Run 2, Tiny Wings 2 or Candy Crush Saga. Here’s some of the best alternative wastes of time you can find:
Of all the websites devoted to mindless entertainment, 9Gag is the one that offers the most fun. People share anything they find funny on 9Gag and it’s a constant stream of user generated pictures and video clips. Packed with memes, comics and daft photos it’s easy to while away the time with this app. You can also submit anything you find interesting through the app to be voted and commented on.
There are all kind of sites dedicated to curating the best of the web, but Buzzfeed has a reputation for daily content that’ll make you laugh. Buzzfeed offers a seemingly endless stream of list features: 30 Toys From The ’90s You Might’ve Forgotten About’, 12 Things You'll Be Surprised To Learn About Steve Jobs, 20 Superheroes With Useless Powers, and so on. It’s a good way to pass the time, and also to read the things people will be sharing on Facebook over the next few days.
It’s a classic but Talking Tom is a great app for passing the time with your friends. This pet cat responds to your touch, and repeats everything you say in a funny voice. The voice sync is eerily realistic and you pet, poke and grab his tail. The talking cat is mesmerizing fun.
It may seem an obvious inclusion but many people don’t install the new Google YouTube app, and it’s much better than the old Apple one. With support for subscriptions, trends, favourites and YouTube’s Watch Later function it’s a great way to find, and watch videos. And YouTube itself is by far one of the most fun ways to pass the time with the Internet. If you haven’t already got it get a copy now.
It’s pretty much what the title says. Cat Piano enables you to play a piano on your iPad that makes cat noises. It’s a fun (if quickly annoying) musical instrument that can be used to practice the piano. The website suggests you download multiple versions onto several devices and create a Cat Piano band. You’ll never be The Beatles but you’ll have a lot of fun with your friends.
This is a great idea for an app. Action Movie FX enables you to add special effects to the videos you’ve shot on an iPhone or iPad. You can add laser shots, explosions and natural disasters to clips of your friends running around, and if that’s not fun we don’t know what is. A recent update enables you to add models and assets created by Industrial Light & Magic from the recent Star Trek Into Darkness movie.
Placing people in ludicrous backgrounds is a perennial favourite of Photoshop users everywhere. And while you can learn to use Adobe’s powerful software suite there is an easier way in the form of PhotoChop. This app enables you to quickly put place your friends in ridiculous backgrounds (charging bears, sumo wrestling, or with hot girls). You simply scrub away the background away from the photo you’ve taken to reveal the new background below. You can share these pics with your friends.
Fancy a change of voice? With this app you can record the sound of your own voice and make it sound like something else. You can talk like a lazy mouse, a talking guitar, or many famous movie characters. You can also play your voice backwards. Along with Action Movie FX it’s a great way for you and your friends to while away some time just messing around. You can send the adjusted voice messages to friends using Facebook, Twitter, or even iMessage.
This is a serious app that’s actually an insane amount of fun. Chihuly Glass Blowing is an app designed to help glass blowers learn their art while minimising the amount of time they have to spend actually blowing glass (which cause health problems). But it’s actually really good fun to create works of art just by blowing on your iPhone. It makes a great change from regular art apps like Brushes. These generated art pieces can then be shared with other people,